The Sound of Silence

This is the original version of ‘The Sound of Silence‘ from 1964 from the album ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM’: Just Simon’s guitar and the vocals.

After ‘Wednesday Morning, 3 AM‘ flopped, they split up.

Without either of their knowledge, both electric guitars and drums were added and this version of The Sound of Silence became very popular, reaching #1 on the charts in America on New Years Day, 1966.

Because of this, Simon and Garfunkel teamed up again and created three more studio albums, one of which one a Grammy award for album of the year and song of the year (Bridge Over Troubled Water).

Information garnered from YouTube comments, relevant links added. Why? Because I love this song, I will be including in my radio-show one Friday soon on 5KIxFM Kangaroo Island Community Radio. Listen out for it.

25 Years of Musician Photography

Check out my photographs of Australian musicians at the 1992 Adelaide Grand Prix.

These were photographed at my first concert, shooting with my first SLR, in 1992.

I purchased a body (brand forgotten), telephoto lens, and a 40 rolls of 36 film somewhere in Adelaide – I think I had to hock something to pay for it all. Then I shot the lot in one day, despite the costs!

In the late 1990‘s I scanned the negatives and saved to 3.5inch floppy discs.

In the early 2000‘s, I dug up those discs and converted all that I could to CD.

In 2008 I found those CD’s, and in 2010 I found them again in my archives – and put them onto my flickr gallery

Finally, the negatives were found in early 2017 during a shed-cleanup.

Sometime this year I will have them rescanned, manipulated, saved, and archived again…

Jimmy and Johnny Rocking Hard, Adelaide GrandPrix Concert

360° View of Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

I never expected standing in the middle of the road to shoot a video would make it so popular. Yet I am glad that I can, and that you like that I can! 

Not making sense? Here is the my early morning 360° video of the thriving metropolis of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island!

Because you all liked it so much, I will be shooting more like this at other locations over the next few weeks, both morning and evening!

Thanks for watching my videos. Take a moment to Like the video, subscribe to the channel, and tell all your friends! 

Life is getting better every day!

Capturing the Most Ferocious Animals in Australia 

For the last four years, pretty much since my first son was born, we’ve visited Cleland Wildlife Park every Saturday morning.

Whilst it’s been for the benefit our boys to (1) tire them out for a good night’s sleep that night so my wife and I can have a  peaceful evening, plus (2) to show them Australian wildlife up front and personal. Oh, there’s fences for the Tasmanian Devil, the Dingos, and the DropBears (Koalas), but the Ducks, Potoroos, Wallabies and Kangaroos can be patted easily. Just beware the Emu! 

I’ve taken my camera along nearly every time to catch the more ferocious animals in action or asleep.

Unfortunately tomorrow will be our last visit for quite some time. (My regular flat-white coffee will be gotten at Chocol’Art in Kingscote from hereon.)

At least I will have these memories to show our kids how much fun we had together… 

… and that we go again later this year! If not, we will be going to the many National Parks on Kangaroo Island as time permits. Watch out for more videos of me and my boys with wild animals around Australia!

First Visit to the Hope Cottage Museum

On Monday afternoon (30.Jan.2017) I decided to take my Canon EOSM with 22mm Lens with me on one of my daily exercise walks.

Originally I had intended to walk into Kingscote to get a coffee at Chocol’Art, but somehow I chose to go in the opposite direction: I went up the hill – and discovered the Hope Cottage Museum!

I had been told about the ‘Museum before, and you’d think that after visiting KI so many times over the last 20 years I would have visited already, but I had not yet.

So I readily paid my coffee-money (seriously, it costs so little) to step backwards in time to the yesteryear’s of Kangaroo Island.

Hope Cottage, built in 1859, is the restored home of Charles and Michael Calnan. The brothers, aided by a ship’s carpenter, built three small cottages from local stone. They were named Faith, Hope, and Charity. Unfortunately Faith has long since gone, but the National Trust have restored maintained Hope Cottage with the surrounding museum, along with the recreated Cape Willoughby Lighthouse. Charity Cottage, now a private residence, remains alongside.

Hope Cottage Museum is run by a team of volunteers. A dedicated group of people give of their time in various ways to maintain this fine museum. There is a group that cleans and maintains the indoor exhibits, and another group that cares for the outdoor and machinery exhibits.

More information on their website.

I am so glad I had my camera with me. Peruse my photography below:

On Flickr

Hope Cottage Museum

On Redbubble

Wheel Wall by Stephen Mitchell Wall of Wheels by Stephen Mitchell
Red Grill (Bedford Truck) by Stephen Mitchell Old Red (Bedford Truck) by Stephen Mitchell

I had a chat with a few volunteers at the Museum, and now am very glad for doing so. Seems they recognised my video from a few nights ago:

I am so going to love living on Kangaroo Island!

Everything Old is New Again (Part 2)

About a month ago I updated a few posts from my archives. Here is the next lot of posts from my archives, also updated. I couldn’t stop myself.

1. Can I Convert an Image from RGB to CMYK? ~ First posted on January 16, 2010

2. Laughter is the Only Answer ~ First posted on April 03, 2004

3. Optimise your Chances of Being Seen Online ~ First posted on Aug 1, 2006

4. Connection with Like-Minded Creators is Important ~ First posted on October 13, 2006 as ‘Written not Spoken’. Some titles just don’t make sense.

5. Sixteen Signs of Resignation ~ First posted on October 15, 2006

6. How a Canon 50D can Improve your Life ~ First posted on Aug 31, 2010. Originally titled ‘How a Canon 50D can Improve your Photography’, but I wanted to have a laugh.

7. The Pursuit of Happiness ~ First posted on October 22, 2006

I have managed to get this completed whilst big changes are happening in our family life – but I will tell you more about that in early February 2017.